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Andrew Mack
Paul Igag
February 24 1964 - October 29 2010

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01-24-2011 8:08 PM -- By: Ganeshwar Pillai,  From: California, USA  

I watched the PBS Series Nature in which PNG BOP was shown. It was truly inspiring to see such wonderful contributions by talented people who made the production worth watching over and over again. I have not met Mr. Paul Igag..but was truly touched by his work. It was rather a shock to see Mr. Igag is no longer around with us. Our deepest sympathies to Mr. Igag's family..and our prayers are always with him. Never in my life.. I'd miss someone that I've never met.


01-24-2011 7:31 PM -- By: Dennis M. Mullins,  From: Oklahoma, USA  

I wish I had know you.


01-24-2011 6:53 PM -- By: Irene Saumur,  From: Liberty, Maine, USA  

It never thought I could feel so wounded by the passing of someone I've never met and never known.  I watched the PNG BOP special last night and never have I been so delighted to see birds.  Never have I missed a stranger so much.


01-24-2011 4:00 PM -- By: Thea Hayes,  From: Portland, Oregon, USA  

I was moved to tears at the end of the PNG BOP special on Oregon Public Broadcasting last night, when I saw that Mr. Igag had passed from this life.  In the little time  I saw Paul Igag, I was struck by the fact that he was an amazingly important resource in understanding the birds of that region, and their very lives depended on his abilities to track, climb and report on them, as well as his communication skill with tribal leaders and members.  It was a joy to watch him work, as he obviously loved what he did and the subjects he studied; I say subjects because he did not seem to view them as objects, as many scientists do, but rather as individuals that deserved respect and love.   I am so very thankful that Miriam is as dedicated as he was to maintaining both the lives of the birds and the heritage of the Peoples of Papua New Guinea.   And to Paul....Bless You for the beauty you bought to this Earth and to us, your humble admirers. 


01-24-2011 3:40 PM -- By: Roni Yarnot,  From: California, USA  

My family and I watched the wonderful program "Birds of the Gods" last night and absolutely loved it.  We were so saddened to see the quick dedication at the end that had indicated that Paul had died.  Like Jan House below, I have the same indelible impression of that moment on camera when Paul looked so delighted to see the birds.  Clearly, a wonderful, dedicated person whose contribution to the study of the birds in PNG will be missed.  I know I was touched.


01-24-2011 3:29 PM -- By: Yvonne Gritzner,  From: Montana, USA  

I saw your work on PBS's Nature. I hope there are many beautiful birds with you in paradise. Thank you, Paul.


01-24-2011 3:18 PM -- By: Deb Geesaman,  From: Maryland, USA  

God bless you for you love and sharing of the fabulously fascinatinb birds of paradise.  Your contribution to conservation of these irreplaceable creatures is inestimable.


01-24-2011 3:02 PM -- By: Christine Rossney,  From: USA  

Last evening I had the pleasure of seeing on PBS the story of Paul and friends in the wild forests bringing such joy and teachings regarding the various birds.  This is the manifestation for me that there truly is a God (which I never doubted) and should be shown in the public school science/biology departments.  May you rest in peace in paradise.


01-24-2011 1:59 PM -- By: Agnes Colanta,  From: New York, NY  

I watched Birds of the Gods last night on PBS and was deeply moved by Paul and Miriam's passion for these beautiful birds. May his memory inspire us all to carry on the work he started!


01-24-2011 1:13 PM -- By: Barbara Hamilton,  From: Minneapolis, USA  

I really enjoyed the Birds of Paradise documentary on the PBS Nature program last night.....  I. like so many others who watched, were so touched by the caring and dedication of Miriam and Paul that we seem to be collectively reacting to the sad news that Paul Igag had died recently.  Thank you Paul - and Miriam - for your work and research.... I am of course interested in birdlife world-wide and thus travel extensively in Mexico and Belize (it's closer to Minnesota!) to find and support the natural diversity of this world.  May Paul's spirit remain in the forests of N.G. and in the hearts of those who knew him.

He seemed the sort of person one would have so much liked to have known.....

 


01-24-2011 12:23 PM -- By: Jan House,  From: Springfield, MO, USA  

Thank you, Paul Igag, for sharing your love of birds and life itself.

My family and I loved Nature's Birds of the Gods. We'll always remember one special scene:  You'd spent many hours patiently waiting in a hide, your secret shelter from days of rain. When the bird-of-paradise specie you hoped to observe arrived, you turned towards the camera with such beautiful child-like delight, crowned by smiles of pure joy.

Bless you, Paul Igag. May your gentle spirit take flight with the birds.

Jan House


01-24-2011 11:50 AM -- By: Karen Angel,  From: California USA  

The Birds of the Gods was a beautiful film.  It is sad to know that Paul Igag has passed and will no longer be studying and protecting the birds that he loved.  I was fortunate to live in PNG for two years and to see the magnificent country and meet people like Paul and Miriam who are dedicated to protecting the flora and fauna and working with people and their cultures which are part of  the natural world.


01-24-2011 11:43 AM -- By: Diane,  From: New Jersey, US  


01-24-2011 11:33 AM -- By: suzanne Lepaw,  From: USA  

 I hope that Paul's work will be continued by those he taught to love nature and birds in particular.


01-24-2011 11:02 AM -- By: Sarah Doyle,  From: Massachusetts, USA  

 As I watched the Nature show about Paul and Miriam's work with the birds of PNG, my respect grew from minute to minute. I was saddened to see at the end of the program that Paul had died. For his friends and family, he is of course irreplaceable, but for the rest of us, this is also true. His training and the intensely focused yet humble and gentle spirit he brought to his work are a rare combination, and our knowledge of the birds of PNG will be poorer for his passing -- but, of course, also richer for his having lived and dedicated his life the way he did. My condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.


01-24-2011 10:49 AM -- By: Jeanne,  From: Roanoke, VA USA  

After watching the show on PBS last night and echoing what others have said here, the world was made much richer by Paul's life. His passion for the birds and his infectious smile will be missed by many the world over.  May he rest in peace.


01-24-2011 10:31 AM -- By: Cheryl,  From: Grand Forks, ND, USA  

I am extremely saddened to see that after watching the PBS special on "Birds of Paridise" that Paul Igag is no longer with us.  I was very enlightened and amazed with the footage, patience, and knowledge that was displayed by Paul, his wife, and the staff.  My sympathy to all who knew him, especially his wife.  I am sorry, but what a wonderful man to know


01-24-2011 10:21 AM -- By: David,  From: Canada  

What a wonderful gift to make someone smile in their living room when watching a fascinating TV program.

Paul's many gifts will be greatly missed and will remain deeply appreciated.


01-24-2011 10:16 AM -- By: Becky Hunter,  From:  

I so enjoyed last night's show on PBS.  I was thinking about these wonderful people who deote their lives to protecting what is beautiful and special in our world.  I was shocked and saddened at the dedication at the end of the show of passing of Paul.  The world has lost a fine soul.  My condolences and since sympathy for his family and friends


01-24-2011 5:11 AM -- By: Ms Caroline,  From: Las Vegas,Nevada USA  

I just finished watching tonights episode on PBS.I was so delighted watching the beautiful birds of paradise.I sat on my sofa smiling while watching the whole episode and wishing I was there to see it in person.Then I saw the memoriam at the end of the film,I felt I just had to write colorful words about Paul just like the beautiful colors of the birds of his native land.We are so lucky to have him and Miriam.R.I.P!

LONG LIVE THE PEOPLE OF NEW GUINEA;)


01-24-2011 4:50 AM -- By: Darin Crow,  From: Anchorage Alaska  

Tonight I watched the BBC Birds of Paradise and learned of Pauls passing. I am deeply moved. Please accept my condolences. Namaste


01-24-2011 4:24 AM -- By: David Semore,  From: San Francisco, CA  


01-24-2011 4:24 AM -- By: Bryon Fischer,  From: Calgary, Canada  

Truly a loss to his family, friends and the field of ornithology.

May others be inspired by his spirit and continue his work.

 


01-24-2011 2:33 AM -- By: Dennis York,  From: Vancouver,WA,USA  

I just finished watching  PBS Nature series tonight which featured Mr. Igag and his and other's work w/PNG Birds of Paradise when,to my shock and surprise,I saw the memorial to Mr. Igag that was at the end of the program.

What a shame. I hope his loved ones can find a little comfort knowing that because of his work and the work of others involved w/ the Bird's O.P. project  meant a lot to me,as a bird lover and bird watcher and to many,many others,both within and without the Birding community.

I am very sorry for his loved ones,who can be proud of Paul and his work.Birds of Paradise need to be protected.

I hope that Paul's work will go a long way in making Birds of Paradise live on this planet for thousands of years.

Sincerely,Dennis York


01-24-2011 1:08 AM -- By: Cleo,  From: Portland, Oregon  

 I was just blessed with Paul Igag's joyful presence on the Birds of Paradise film, then shocked by the notice of his passing at the end. Our world has lost a truly beautiful person. Deep condolences to his family and friends.


01-24-2011 12:53 AM -- By: Jace and Marlee Piper,  From: Citizens of Our World  

We've always considered the birds to have one wing on the Earth and the other in Heaven. Through the grace of our Creator, Paul is undoubtedly enjoying his new-found abilities to ply the skys and, indeed, the entire universe, having moved beyond earthly limitations to soar, swoop and dive with absolute freedom as a being of pure light! Well done, plumed professor...enjoy!


01-24-2011 12:49 AM -- By: A.W.,  From: Oregon  

 Thank you for the knowledge you gave the world. The world is a poorer place now.


01-24-2011 12:26 AM -- By: Lisa Reuter,  From: Eugene, OR  


01-24-2011 12:26 AM -- By: Joanne Rhodes,  From: Memphis, TN  


01-24-2011 12:23 AM -- By: george pavana,  From: usa  

 RIP Paul.   It was great to see the program with Paul and the other Papuan researchers and heartbreaking to learn of his passing at the end of the show.   I truly hope that Miriam and  other Papuans continue with the work he has been involved in and continue to represent the very unique and endemic PNG biology.  Thank you all for the wonderful work.


 

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